The Gotham preem of Sundance hit “Crazy Love” on Tuesday left guests with a lot to think about while they celebrated post-pic at Merchants.
The Dan Klores docu is about the twisted romance of Burt Pugach and Linda Riss. In the 1950s, Pugach hired a man to throw acid in Riss’s face after she spurned him. Riss subsequently married him after he was released from prison.
“Making the film was tricky because Burt could easily be seen as an unlikable character,” co-director/producer Fisher Stevens admitted. “He has a kind of warmth about him. That’s what we had to capture.”
“I really look at this story like Greek tragedy,” Magnolia prexy Eamonn Bowles added. “I think audiences are left with an extremely conflicted view of Burt — as they should be.”
Conflicted guests included Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon and Howard Stern, as well as the sources of controversy — Burt and Linda.